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North Korea: Human Rights

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN 71363, tabled on 8 November 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to help ensure accountability of the North Korean State for human rights abuses perpetrated against members of religious or belief groups in that country.

Answered on

19 November 2021

The UK has deep concerns about the lack of freedom of religion or belief in North Korea. Defending the right to freedom of religion or belief for all is a priority for the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and is a key strand of our DPRK human rights strategy. We remain committed to implementing the recommendations from the Bishop of Truro's independent review on persecuted Christians in full. As G7 leaders made clear on 13 June and Foreign Ministers said on 5 May, we continue to urge North Korea to uphold all its human rights obligations. We regularly raise our concerns directly with the North Korean authorities and at the UN. We welcome and support the annual Human Rights Council and UNGA Third Committee resolutions on human rights in North Korea which stress the importance of following up recommendations from the UN Commission of Inquiry Report on Human Rights in the DPRK and provide the basis for further work on a credible framework for accountability for human rights violations in the country.